Pat Henricksen


The LincolnWay Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, will host its annual grant award ceremony Nov. 4 at CC’s Supper Club in DeWitt, during which the Foundation will announce which local nonprofits will receive grants to help improve the community’s well-being.

The grantmaking is supported by donations made to the Foundation’s endowment fund, which distributed about $22,000 during this cycle. Gifts to the endowment may be eligible for the Endow Iowa 25% State Tax Credit. More information is available at

“We are grateful to all of the hard-working nonprofits in our community who make a difference every day, and we are proud to support them through our grantmaking,” said Pat Henricksen, executive director of the LincolnWay Community Foundation.

The ceremony also is an opportunity for the Foundation to honor six leaders under 40 who are making a difference in the DeWitt area. Anyone from the community is welcome to nominate a leader who:

ν Promotes collaborative efforts in support of a worthy cause.

ν Demonstrates leadership initiatives that have improved quality of life in the community.

ν Has achieved professional excellence at their company or organization.

ν Is younger than 40 at the time of nomination and lives in Clinton County.

To nominate a leader, write a paragraph or two describing what they have done for your community, business or organization. Email it to or mail it to LWCF, Box 225, DeWitt, IA 52742. Nominations are due October 9. 

Please include your name, address, phone, email and company/organization and provide the same information for the nominee. The Foundation board will select six of the nominees to honor at the November 4 event, where their stories will be shared with attendees and they will receive a check for a nonprofit of their choice.

In addition to recognizing a new group of leaders, event attendees also will hear from two leaders who were previously honored about the work they and their organizations have accomplished: Adam Gravert, plant manager at Guardian Industries, and Central DeWitt teacher Jen Froeschle.

 “By recognizing the impact these individuals are making, we are helping build leaders who will strengthen our county for the future,” Henricksen said.